USEF Sus­pends Gle­fke, Farmer

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The U.S. Equestrian Fed­er­a­tion Hear­ing Com­mit­tee is­sued sus­pen­sions and fines Jan­uary 1 to trainer Larry Gle­fke and hunter rider Kel­ley Farmer for vi­o­lat­ing USEF Equine Drugs and Med­i­ca­tions Guide­lines. Sus­pended for 24 months and fined $24,000, Gle­fke was iden­ti­fied as the trainer of Farmer’s horse, Un­ex­pected, who tested pos­i­tive for GABA, a Category IV sub­stance that is an in­hibitory neu­ro­trans­mit­ter, or “calm­ing sup­ple­ment,” at the Ken­tucky Sum­mer Horse Show, July 28, 2016, in a PreGreen Hunter 3’3” class. Pre­vi­ously, Gle­fke had had vi­o­la­tions for re­ser­pine and the seda­tive ace­pro­mazine as well as for fil­ing false med­i­ca­tion re­port forms.

Farmer was sus­pended for 12 months and fined $12,000. Her prior re­ser­pine vi­o­la­tion was a fac­tor in her sus­pen­sion and fine. Nei­ther Gle­fke nor Farmer at­tended the hear­ing or sub­mit­ted wit­nesses or evidence in de­fense of the charges against them.

“We are fo­cused on en­sur­ing safety and fair­ness in equestrian sport,” said USEF CEO Bill Moroney. “The use of GABA in horses com­pet­ing in USEF com­pe­ti­tions com­pro­mises these pri­or­i­ties. Our Equine Drugs and Med­i­ca­tions Pro­gram is de­signed to pro­tect our horses as well as the par­tic­i­pants who com­pete clean horses.”

Kel­ley Farmer was sus­pended for 12 months and fined $12,000 for dop­ing.

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